The owner of the great football legacy in Arsenal and English football, he regained his memories, regained his smile, and recalled his moments of sadness and tears, in A wonderful interview with the British newspaper, Times.
In a Paris cafe, whoever was sitting there lucky, Wenger began his speech by saying, “The day before, I participated in a charity match.”
Did you play well? Arsene replied, “Yes, you are very good.”
“I can tell you this because you haven’t seen me play. I am 70 years old and still can play football. My team definitely won, 4-1, but I didn’t score because I played as a defender,” he added, speaking proudly.
Unlike the charity match, Wenger was playing as an attacking midfielder and his career as a player was not a huge professional career.
Wenger is not an exceptional case, as he was not a player with a huge career and became a great coach, but also there are Juergen Klopp and Alex Ferguson who did not enjoy a huge football career, but their career in the world of coaching, what a career!
Pep Guardiola differs from Wenger, Ferguson and Klopp, as he enjoyed a great career as a player, before completing it as a coach.
Jose Mourinho also differs from the previous names, as he has never enjoyed a professional football career.
The previously mentioned names were present in England in Arsene Wenger’s last season with Arsenal, and since this time he has never entered the Arsenal stadium again!
Wenger revealed, “I will go there (the Emirates Stadium) someday.”
“I received previous invitations, but I preferred to move away completely now. It was difficult at first, of course, after my very big career with the club, but I thought it was better to follow from afar at the beginning.”
Ferguson got a special seat at Old Trafford to attend the team’s matches, so why didn’t you get that at Arsenal? Wenger talks about that point, saying: “I don’t know. I always say that I will still play for the club, but I can understand that it is better in the beginning to have some distance. If I am offered I will definitely accept.”
“I just do my job. As long as I am somewhere, I will do my best,” he continued.
He continued, “I am very happy that I served Arsenal and left them in safe hands. I worked in the club on 3 levels, the level of playing in the style of Arsenal and victory, the level of development of the players, the level of development of the club itself, and the third level is impossible in the current days.”
“The coaches are no longer the same as myself and Ferguson,” he noted, “The responsibility for everything in the club is no longer left to them.”
Jurgen Klopp might as well now. A Times journalist commented by Wenger He said, “No. Klopp focuses on his team only. He did not build a new stadium, and is not responsible for negotiating deals. What is happening now is quite far from what was happening with us, Ferguson and I.”
Mentioning Ferguson’s biography, Wenger made his wonderful and exciting memories come true with Sir Alex, the Manchester United legend.
“Ferguson is my friend and I know his phone number, and we have a lot of respect,” Wenger said.
He added, laughing, “Of course, things were not always the same, as there were some difficult periods with the pizza incident and others (the 2004 Old Trafford stadium tunnel accident and the throwing of a piece of pizza in Ferguson’s face by Arsenal’s Cesque Fabregas).”
“But when there is no competition, everything becomes quieter and more objective,” he continues, laughing.
“Ferguson knows more about wine than I do. Oh, we’ve had a lot of good fights. He’s a very smart guy and you can’t do what he did if you’re stupid,” he continued.
From Ferguson, Wenger moved to Pep Guardiola to set off a surprise “When Pep was a player, he came to my house and asked to join Arsenal,” he said.
“But at the time I had Patrick Vieira and Gilberto Silva, so I was not able to include him.”
Speaking of Ferguson and then Pep, he made Wenger talk about English football in general, To reveal, “I watch every game in the Premier League, it is my special role.”
He pointed out, “You do not need to be a graduate of a distinguished and special school to know that Bayern Munich will be crowned with the German League, Juventus with the Italian League title, and Paris Saint-Germain with the French League title, while the English League is the most unpredictable league, even if it was not like this last year (Liverpool won the title by a large margin).
What clubs have previously been interested in appointing Wenger as coach of the team? Wenger said: “I received an offer more than once from Paris Saint-Germain, as well as Bayern, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, France and Manchester United.”
The last team mentioned by Wenger, Manchester United, had a Times journalist repurpose Wenger’s answer in the form of a question.
- Times journalist: Manchester United?
- WengerYes, Manchester United.
- Times journalist: When was that?
- Wenger Chuckling: I won’t tell you
- Times journalist: Please tell me, when was that?
- Wenger Laughing: No, I won’t tell you, but yes, Manchester United made an offer to me before to coach the team.
Arsene, 70, is preparing to publish his first autobiographical book, titled “My Life Between Red and White”. The book sale will start this October.
About the book, Wenger said: “Yes, I wrote it myself. I received some simple assistance, but yes, I wrote my autobiography.”
He continued, “I have always been asked to do this, but it was very difficult for me, because firstly I do not like to talk about myself much, and secondly because I do not like this voice in my head that tells me that you will not train again and that you have retired. I have never liked it.”
And he added, “But in the end, I decided to write it even if it is only for my family, so that they can know what I did someday.”
Wenger and Annie divorced in 2015, and they have a girl named Lea, who is 23 years old.
But now that he has already written his biography and we are all preparing to read it over the next few weeks, has he decided to retire?
“I’m not sure. For 40 years I’ve been doing it daily, and now for the last two years I’m having fun a little bit,” Wenger explained.
He explained, “I play sports, visit my family and friends, and read a lot of books. I enjoy my time a lot.”
Talking about good health now for Wenger, he made him take back a few of his memories, “When I was a young man I used to smoke cigarettes. My father smoked a lot and I grew up in a bar full of cigarette smoke, and in France smoking is normal and normal,” Arsene said.
Despite that environment in which Wenger grew up, he continued without smoking until he started at the age of 34 and revealed, “One of my friends was a heavy smoker and we were sitting together one day, so I asked him to give me a cigarette, and so it started.”
“I continued to smoke with my arrival in England, but I wasn’t a heavy smoker. Only a cigarette or two after dinner,” he continued.
Did Arsenal players know you smoked? Wenger smiles, “I don’t think so. I have never smoked with the team and no one has seen me do it. It took a long time to stop, but I still enjoy drinking a little bit. A little good red wine.”
All of the questions that Robert Crampton posed to Wenger, the latter answered quickly, except for one question that made him take so much time before he could answer.
Have you stayed at Arsenal too much?
A question that made Wenger silent, before he said “Hearing this question makes me think a little.”
“Yes. Maybe I stayed too long at Arsenal. I don’t know, I don’t know, I think I led the club in the most difficult period in its history and succeeded in that. I have never failed to do my job at Arsenal.”
“I have not seen any beauty or comfort in leaving. I am a bad loser, and yes if you are a good loser then you will not last long in that profession. I loved my job.”
“Women fight for love, and men fight because they hate loss.”
Wenger’s lengthy answer and the smile of the person receiving the answer changed the course of the dialogue to become more calm, after it reached a little hotspot.
Wenger spoke about the football fans, saying: “Football lacks its charm when the crowd is absent.”
“The crowd is the only thing that remains. The players, clubs and stadiums change, and the crowd is not. It is the only constant.”
Wenger’s last question was a personal question from someone I enrage upon him for sitting with Arsene, and the question is (How do you feel now? How do you feel at that moment?).
“I feel nostalgia.”Wenger’s speech ended.
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